I have a beautiful Shristi Standard. I have had it for a month now and I have been fighting the tuning pegs on the MA and SA strings to keep in tune. I did notice after a couple of 2 or 3 note meends that the swan is moving and causing the problem on the MA string. Any quick and clean way to help keep the swan in place?
Hi Jaym: If you search the forum archives you can find all kinds of possible causes/cures for your problem(s) I found some adhesive backed sandpaper at the hardware store that has been working great for me. After a year the adhesive hasn't caused any damage to the sitar's finish, so I'm assuming it's safe. Don't get too fine a sandpaper or it will clog too quickly and the swan will just slide on it. On the other hand, too course sandpaper will sand your swan down too quickly. Just experiment.
A leather "shoe" for the swan is a great idea. I've struggled with this swan problem myself. I've put may hours of thought into this slippage headache, but I would have never thought of doing this in a million years. I'm just stupid I guess.
Jeffrey R King